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All Feast, No Frenzy

Choose from a cornucopia of local restaurants on Turkey Day



Each year, more and more restaurants seem to be staying open on Thanksgiving to offer plated dinners or buffets, and 2014 is no exception. There's a smorgasbord of Turkey Day dining-out options, running the gamut from lux to laid-back. Here are a few that might whet your appetite.

Maybe a trip to Brazil is in order. Three local churrascarias will be open and serving special Thanksgiving menus in addition to their regular churrasco offerings: Rodizio Grill (Salt Lake City, 801-220-0500; American Fork, 801-763-4946,, Texas de Brazil (Salt Lake City, 385-232-8070, and Tucanos Brazilian Grill (Salt Lake City, 801-456-2550; Provo, 801-224-4774,

At Faustina (Salt Lake City, 801-746-4441,, Chef Joe Kemp will cook up a four-course dinner, which includes entree choices of roasted turkey, Prime rib or a bone-in pork chop with all the accoutrements. The cost is $45 per person, and managing partner Tyler Jolley will offer specially paired wine selections for an additional $20.

Over at Franck's (Holladay, 801-274-6264,, a four-course feast will be on tap, including sous vide duck leg basteeya, six-day brined turkey breast, sage-braised Colorado lamb short ribs and many more gourmet menu options. The cost is $55 per adult and $25 for children 12 and under.

At The Grand America, Thanksgiving Day Grand Brunch is already sold out. However, you can still reserve a table in The Garden Cafe (Salt Lake City, 801-258-6708, for the Thanksgiving Day Prix Fixe Dinner. The three-course meal offers roasted butternut squash salad; a choice of entrees (slow-roasted Prime rib, lobster pot pie, grilled pork tenderloin or roasted turkey & fixings); plus a dessert buffet. The dinner is $39 for adults, $15 for children ages 5-11 and free for children 4 and under.

Located at the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon in Sandy and situated on 20 elegant acres, La Caille (801-942-1751, is a special place to celebrate any holiday. On Thanksgiving Day, Chef Billy Sotelo will cook up a three-course meal for guests. It will include a choice of pear salad or pumpkin soup for starters; Mary's free-range roasted turkey, maple-glazed King salmon or slow-roasted Prime rib as entree choices; and a selection of desserts, and costs $59 for adults, $32 for children 4-12 and $10 for children under 4.

At Millcreek Canyon's Log Haven (Salt Lake City, 801-272-8255,, Chef Dave Jones' four-course plated luncheon is completely booked already for Thanksgiving Day, so I won't taunt you with the menu details. However, you can request to be put on a cancellation list.

Looking to add a little French flair to your Thanksgiving meal? Look no further than The Paris Bistro (Salt Lake City, 801-486-5585,, where Eric DeBonis and his talented team will be serving their 14th-annual Thanksgiving dinner. It begins with wild chanterelle mushroom flatbread, continues with a choice of roasted pumpkin soup or mesclun salad, and the main event is Utah Wight Family Farms free-range roasted turkey with an array of delectable accoutrements. Dessert is a choice of pumpkin cheesecake with roasted chestnuts or caramelized-apple-stuffed crepes with Calvados and crème fraîche. The cost is $49.95 for adults and $19.95 for children under 8.

Tuscany (Salt Lake City, 801-277-9919, will host a three-course dinner on Thanksgiving, beginning with a choice of butternut squash bisque or house green salad. Entree options include herb-roasted turkey and honey-glazed ham, plus traditional sides. For dessert, there is housemade apple, pecan and pumpkin pie. The meal is $45 for adults and $22 for children 12 and under.

Up in Park City, Thanksgiving dining options range from economical to opulent, with something to please every budget and palate. The Montage's Apex restaurant (435-604-1300, will feature a Thanksgiving Day buffet with fresh salads and soups, chilled shellfish, a carvery serving herb-roasted turkey breast, peppercorn-crusted Prime beef tenderloin, rosemary-roasted leg of lamb; and chili-glazed cedar-plank salmon; plus a dozen different desserts. The cost is $75 for adults, $30 for children 5-12 and free for kids 4 and younger.

The new Brass Tag restaurant (435-645-6632, at Deer Valley Resort will offer Thanksgiving dinner for two ($48 per person), from Thanksgiving Day through Sunday, Nov. 30. The gourmet meal includes roasted butternut squash and arugula salad, turkey breast roulade, brick-oven Brussels sprouts with Niman Ranch bacon, Deer Valley caramelized garlic-whipped Yukon Gold potatoes, shiitake mushroom & green bean casserole and finishes with skillet pumpkin pie with lemon whipped cream and cheddar-cheese-crusted apple pie. À la carte options are also available.

Cicero's (435-649-5044, is offering a two-course prix fixe Thanksgiving menu ($25-$29) which begins with soup or salad. Entree choices include traditional turkey, Prime rib and Utah Steelhead trout. Dessert is à la carte. ($7).

Park City's Eating Establishment (435-649-8284, offers one of the best Thanksgiving Day deals, with lunch priced at $14.95 per person and dinner at $21.95. You'll get the Eating Establishment's casual, friendly atmosphere along with oven-roasted turkey, garlic mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, fresh cranberry relish, warm apple pie and more.

Stein Eriksen Lodge's Glitretind (435-645-6455, will roll out its opulent Thanksgiving Day buffet, which includes traditional turkey and sides along with grilled lamb T-bone, braised veal short ribs, roasted Arctic char, Stein's Grand Dessert display, live music and much, much more. It costs $75 for adults, $25 for children 5-12 and is free for kids 4 and younger.

Hans Fuegi and his crew at Park City's Grub Steak (435-649-8060, will feature a prix fixe menu that's $28.75 for adults and $14.75 for children under 12. The meal opens with butternut squash and McIntosh apple soup, and includes roasted tom turkey with traditional sides, plus pumpkin pie and vanilla-bean whipped ice cream or warm spiced apple bread pudding with bourbon sauce.

Finally, Powder at the Waldorf Astoria Park City (435-647-5566, will host a Thanksgiving buffet with fruits, salads and assorted cold selections, a seafood station, soups, braised beef short ribs, Loch Duart King salmon, herb-crusted Prime rib, honey-clove glazed ham and roasted turkey with cranberry-orange compote. The cost is $65 for adults and $25 for children 3-11.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!